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Thumbprint Apple Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Thumbprint Apple AleThumbprint Apple Ale

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1,403 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,403
Reviews: 436
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 335
Gots: 186 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Skidz on 09-25-2004

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Ratings: 1,403 | Reviews: 436
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3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out looking like a little more champagne-y type of beer, golden with great clarity and tons of bubbles. Aroma was exactly like an apple. Lots of 'em.

Obvious apple taste, but stays away from being cidery, isn't super dry, and cider usually imparts more alcohol because there aren't any hops, less if any malt etc. . .; Nice and relatively complex, you would think straight apple, usually green, but no, this smells like all kinds of different apples. Sure it has a decent amount of sugaryness to it, but so do apples, and this isn't like we're talking Lindeman's level of sugar, its just like an apple, slightly tart and sweet at the same time.

I couldn't see knocking back an entire 4 pack to myself, but I think a few ounces of this stuff during a drinking session really hits the spot. They add enough other stuff to it to make it right up the alley of apple pie (crust, cinnamon).

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4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Was able to still find a 4-pack; paired with a caramel cashew sundae. Poured into a pint glass.

A=Nice golden color; head was overly foamy at the start and quickly went away.

S=Like green apples...perhaps a bit of mustiness.

T=This is my first apple beer (and I've yet to try any hard apple ciders), so nothing to compare with. Green apple tartness with lots of sweetness...almost seemed to need ice to keep it refreshing.

M=Excellent...very drinkable, even more so than most light beers, with almost no carbonation...was actually expecting more carbonation and am almost wondering if this pour went flat prematurely.

O=Recommended try, especially when it first comes out, on hotter days, and well chilled.

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4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with the code 3111. I reckon that's the 311th day of 2011.

It pours a clear light gold with close to a 2 finger head of foam and has a lot of lacing.

The smell is...green apples, green apples! I LOVE that aroma.

The taste is yummy. Loads of apples bringing both sweet and tart notes that really intensify when I swish the beer in my mouth. I was looking for the base beer, Brown Ale, and though it had some hints of one, the fruit just dominated completely and I'm alright with that. Lots of flavour in this 4%abv brew to enjoy.

On the upper end of light bodied with a nice effervescent level of carbonation, the mouthfeel was good and the drinkability..excellent.

A real fun beer to drink.

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4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - a somewhat thinner head, but one that quickly disappears leaving behind a darker gold, lighter read color that is somewhat clear and easy to see through...quite nearly matches the color and grain of wood in my IKEA kitchen table...

s - apple pie; theres the fruit present with a mixture of some bready malt that makes a nice 'grammas apple pie' kinda feel to it

t - wow... if i didn't know better, i'd claim it as a heck of a cider... apple immediately, but a nice, frsh granny smith taste to it...

m - clean, crisp, clear and cold

o - a pretty good apple ale... Enjoyable

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4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was courtesy of Alewatcher, who gave me a bottle simply because he had heard me say that I love this beer in the past. Thanks Jeff!

This beer pours a very light bodied and clear rusty copper in color with a very light and quickly dissipating off white lacing. It doesn't look like much. The aromas are of slightly buttery, spiced caramel apples. It smells great, like roasted apples with cinnamon. The flavors mimic the aromas with more of an apple juice/cider type flavor than the roasted apples. It has nice flavor and isn't cloying like Lindemans Pomme. The closest thing I could relate it to is perhaps Leinenkugels Apple Spice that they used to make. It drinks really light in body and has nice flavor. At four percent, this is incredibly drinkable. My fiancé would love this.

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler brought to a recent tasting - filled at Casanova's - I gotta hit this place some day. Nobody in THE WORLD does fruit brew better than NG - don't agree with me? the rankings do - so expectations are high.

The pour is awful. Mountain dew mixed with miller lite mixed with sprite.Seltzery little head on top. Oh well, I want to drink it, not paint it.

Smell brings the sour apple. I suppose there are some beer elements in there.

Taste is just like a jolly rancher sour apple. Delicious! There's a little bit of yeast and malt in the background to remind you you're drinking beer. Even better, this veers far away from the Mike's Hard Nameyourfruit type of flavor.

A little zingy and perhaps overcarbonated, but this is not a beer that could have worked with a thick smooth feel.

Well, Apple Ale looks lousy, tastes great. Insert your own misogynystic joke here, I suppose. I liked this slightly better than Raspberry Tart even, but like RT, due to the sugar/sour experience, I couldn't ever throw down a huge amount at one sitting. But I will be buying it.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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Thumbprint Apple Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
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